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Baby P case sparks increase in abuse reports

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The case of Baby Peter, formerly referred to as Baby P, has made people more willing to report potential child abuse, figures suggest.

Two years have passed since the death of Baby Peter, who died due to repeated abuse from his mother and her boyfriend.

The number of calls received by the NSPCC has risen by more than a third over these two years. The year prior to Baby Peter’s death, the NSPCC made 8,170 referrals whereas 11,243 cases were passed on to the police or social services last year.

Most calls are received from neighbours, relatives and friends of the family concerned. According to Christine Renouf, director of NSPCC helpline services, ‘people seem to be more aware of children who might be at risk’.

Although action is being taken to prevent child abuse, in June the NSPCC helpline referred more than one case per hour to agencies which shows the necessity for the service.

Additionally, 35% of calls referred by the helpline last year involved families who were not known to local agencies and were either physically or sexually neglecting their children.

Ms Renouf said: ‘It only takes a few seconds to dial our number but it could be the difference between life and death.’

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